Major William La Touche Congreve was married for just seven weeks before he was killed in battle.
A horse pulling a Dundee bus had its leg nearly severed after being hit by a car. The driver of the bus was thrown from the vehicle by the impact. Traffic was also held up as the animal was lying across the tram tracks.
St Andrews University has had a number of famous rectors over the years. Those who have held the post include playwright JM Barrie and Monty Python star John Cleese. In 1916 Sir Douglas Haig, commander of the British Army during the Battle of the Somme, was awarded the honour.
JM Barrie’s Kirriemuir family suffered another tragedy as a second of his nephews was killed in action. Corporal Charles Barrie’s mother had only been told of her younger son’s death the week before.
The first solo flight of a Montrose aviator ended in tragedy. John Morison (as his grave spells his surname) was 19, not 21, when he passed away on October 13. He is buried in Sleepyhillock cemetery.
A man died after being hit by a train near Crieff. William McTavish was spotted on the line but the train driver was unable to stop in time.
An argument in a Dunfermline fish and chip shop led to the death of a disabled musician. David McFarlane suffered stab wounds to the neck in the street brawl.
Military glory did not guarantee riches after leaving the army.
Today sees The Courier celebrate 200 years of publishing news and, obviously, 100 years ago the paper celebrated its centenary.
The Tay Bridge recently celebrated it’s 50th anniversary, but before its advent many depended on the ferries to cross the river. In 1916 the rivermen demanded a five shilling pay rise or they would stop work.